If a U.S. citizen overseas presents an imminent threat and has engaged in armed conflict with the U.S., he is still subject to being lawfully attacked overseas as any other enemy belligerent might be, Dunlap said.
But others, including Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (statement), favor the judicial process over treating a U.S. citizen like an enemy combatant.
“He was born here, al-Awlaki was born here, and he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes. No one knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it's sad,” he said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
"In recent years, while in his self-imposed exile, Mr. Al-Awlaki encouraged impressionable American-Muslims to attack their own country. Al-Awlaki will no longer spread his hate speech over the Internet to Muslim youth provoking them to engage in violence against Americans," reads an official statement released by the mosque.
But adding "...we have rejected the use of extra-judicial assassination of any human being and especially an American citizen which includes Al-Awlaki. We reiterate our commitment to 'due process under law' and justice and are concerned that the alleged drone attack sends the wrong message to law abiding people around the world."
In his address Friday, Obama said,“Al-Qaeda and its affiliates will find no safe haven anywhere in the world.”
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